We were lucky to be able to see the BP portrait exhibition at The Usher Gallery in Lincoln last Sunday - it is on until November and the ticket enables you to visit as often as you like, so we hope to go back. I took lots of photos (without a flash) of the portraits which I particularly liked. Neither of us were that impressed with the winning portrait and I didn't take a photo of that. The portrait above is by Jean-Paul Tibbles, of his son Jean. He is one of the 'poster boys' for the exhibition.
This is a close up of the sequins on the little girl's bodice. This is one reason to revisit the exhibition as I neglected to note this artist's name.
This portrait is by the same artist as the one above, of the artist's son who put a bag on his head.
Chris really liked this portrait.
This portrait is called Vacuum 2 by Thomas Ehretsmann as is of his friend Simon. It is acrylic on wood panel and is incredible - it is hard to believe it is a painted image.
This is the winner of the BP Travel award, of Petras, by Laura Guoke. It is a huge painting, which I found quite moving.
The hands were fascinating.
This was one of my favourite paintings called Alessandra by Daisy Sims-Hilditch and was inspired by the work of John Singer Sargent. We both thought it would look perfectly at home in a country house - The Honorable somebody or other, daughter of Lord/Earl/Duke whoever!
This painting is the 'poster girl' for the exhibition and reminded me of a Waterhouse painting. It is my absolute favourite as I love the expression and the way it is left sketchy in the background, really focusing on that beautiful face, neck and hand.
She is the wife of the artist, 'Laura in black' by Joshua Larock.
I was immediately transported to Wuthering Heights when I looked at this portrait (Mila by Simon Richardson), as she looks to me as Cathy might have looked when she was a girl.
The portrait of The Rt Reverend & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO Lord Bishop Of London by Elena Vladimir Baranoff was a blaze of colour with the red and gold robes.
It was painted using egg tempera on gesso board and does share the quality of a medieval painting, with its small size and jewel-like colour. The detail was beautiful.
The portrait of 'Dad Sculpting me' won the BP young artist award.
The portrait of Sir Andrew Motion also stopped me in my tracks. Looking at the books behind the sitter was interesting, but it was the intense gaze which was so arresting and his eyes definitely followed me.
It seemed as though he might speak at any moment.
The exhibition showed a huge range of styles of portraiture and shows that there are many extremely talented artists around the world. It is well worth a visit, or two, or three...